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      Speaker topics announced for SGD Spring Conference

      Topics have been announced for the SGD Spring Conference on the 21st April 2018, where a distinguished line-up of top industry speakers from the USA, UK and Sweden, will explore the art of understatement in garden and landscape design.  Sharing examples of their work to illustrate how landscapes can be crafted with minimal intervention, by drawing on a site’s natural features and embracing the wider landscape, speakers will guide delegates through their techniques and processes to help explain the creative thinking behind such an approach. From the USA, Julie Bargmaan, world-renowned for her work regenerating neglected sites into renewed landscapes…

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    • grower

      Date announced for Trials and AGMTurf Growers

      The first Turfgrass Grower Association (TGA) Trials day will be held on the 22 March and will feature trials and exhibitions from seed, agronomy, fertiliser and machinery companies. The event is being kindly hosted by Tillers turf and sponsored by Agrigem, who are both active members of the TGA. The event will also feature the TGA’s AGM, which will begin the proceedings. This will then be followed by speakers including: Christian Spring from the Sport Turf Research Institute who will be covering the latest industry research Henry Bechelet from ICL speaking on turf nutrition Kieran Would from Agrigem, who will be…

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    • ecobuild

      Hot at EcoBuild: Green-tech’s new products and gt specifier brochure

      Green-tech is exhibiting at EcoBuild 2018 which takes place Tuesday 6 March until Thursday 8 March at ExCeL in London. Exhibiting under their specification arm, gt Specifier, they can be found on stand E132, in front of the Ecobuild Conference Arena. Unveiled on day one is the new gt specifier brochure. Packed with technical information, best practice advice and case studies; this is an essential guide for anyone involved in the specification and installation of landscaping projects including landscape architects, designers and contractors and garden designers. The team is showcasing several new products at Ecobuild 2018 and includes their new range…

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    • Generation

      Registration open for 30 Under 30: The Next Generation 2018

      Registration for the 30 Under 30: The Next Generation awards is now open. Following three groundbreaking years of showcasing young talent in the landscaping industry, Pro Landscaper is thrilled to announce their return at this year’s FutureScape in November. Previous winners have proclaimed the benefits that winning has given them. Lexi Harrison of Hultons Landscapes says: “[Winning the award] was perfect for raising my profile within the industry.” Michael Buck of Hortus Loci goes onto say the awards: “Provided me with a fantastic platform for networking with likeminded people and facilitated the promotion of the industry when talking to the…

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    • boom

      Get set for the outdoor living boom

      Outdoor living is truly in vogue with 2017 seeing an increase of more than 30% in terrace covering sales with 2018 and the future set to see this upward trend continue…Now is the perfect time to discover the innovative terrace coverings that will enhance your offering and boost your profits from Caribbean Blinds. As the leading supplier of external shading to the trade, Caribbean Blinds offer a comprehensive and complete portfolio of external shading from contemporary patio awnings to innovative external blinds and award winning louvered roofs to help you capitalise and maximise on the potential within your market. On…

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    • wavin

      Wavin debates the future of drainage at ecobuild 2018

      With new research suggesting that Britain’s major towns and cities are at risk of increased flooding, stormwater management is becoming more important than ever before. As Richard Dawson, professor of earth systems engineering at Newcastle University, states in his research released last week, there is an “urgent need to design and adapt our cities to cope with these future conditions.”[1] Wavin, the UK’s leading manufacturer of plastic piping systems, will be bringing this debate to ecobuild (ExCel London, 6 – 8 March 2018), and calling for more holistic drainage solutions that protect UK infrastructure now and in the future. The…

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    • A speaker at the Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA) conference.

      Show of resilience from invasive experts at industry conference

      The Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA) hosted its fourth annual conference in Derby in the wake of a turbulent last year for remediation professionals. INNSA 2018 brought together experts from a range of sectors affected by invasive species, including property, amenities, remediation and legal, to provide updates on the previous year and future advice for those at risk of infestations of the likes of Japanese knotweed. 2017 was a challenging year for the invasives industry, with months of uncertainty on the renewal of Glyphosate licensing causing fears of food shortages, and harmful non-native infestations growing out of control. It also…

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    • landscaper

      Celebrating business success: The Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017

      The inaugural Pro Landscaper Business Awards took place at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf on Friday 9 February, bringing the landscaping community together for an afternoon to celebrate the excellent standards set within the landscape industry. Pro Landscaper’s Jim Wilkinson, said: “Our industry is exceptional at celebrating the visual excellence of landscaping with industry awards and RHS shows that highlight how phenomenal landscapes can look, but with the launch of the Pro Landscaper Business Awards, we chose to highlight how well businesses operate -their processes, staff training, health and safety records and consistent positive customer feedback.” The ceremony, held at…

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    • A sample of the new digital document 'Species Selection for Green Infrastructure: A Guide for Specifiers'.

      Seminars introduce new guidance on tree selection for green infrastructure projects

      Two seminars, due to take place in London and Birmingham next month, will introduce new guidance on tree selection for those engaged with green infrastructure projects. In the face of multiple urban challenges, including the anticipated impacts of a changing climate, trees are widely recognised as making a significant contribution towards ameliorating some of these issues — however, they can only deliver their many benefits over the long term if appropriate species are selected for a given location. ‘A Guide to Tree Species Selection for Green Infrastructure – Helping to Grow a Resilient Urban Forest’ will reveal the latest findings from Myerscough…

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    • Richard Gill, Chris Swan, Barry Browne and Drea Questari holding their award.

      Green-tech wins Supplier category in Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017

      Landscaping supplier Green-tech has been announced winner of the Supplier category in the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017 which took place last week in London. Sales director, Richard Gill comments: “This is absolutely brilliant news — I am delighted that Green-tech has won the Supplier category. The team give 100% to our customers all the time and it’s always nice to know that our work is recognised. We had some strong competition in this category, so to win this award is confirmation that we are getting it right. This is a great start to 2018 and I’m hopeful it will…

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    • The Chinese-style pavilion at Woburn Abbey Gardens, a portrait of Woburn Abbey Gardens, and Humphry Repton’s ‘Red Book’ for Woburn, featuring his proposed designs.

      Alan Titchmarsh to open new exhibition at Woburn Abbey marking the bicentenary of Humphry Repton

      Renowned gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh MBE will open a new exhibition at Woburn Abbey at a press launch on 21 March 2018, which celebrates the bicentenary of Humphry Repton and his influential work for the Dukes of Bedford. Recognised as the first person to invent and use the title ‘landscape gardener’, Humphry Repton regarded himself as the rightful successor to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Repton produced over 400 designs and schemes for gardens great and small, but of these, he stated: “none were more fully realised than at Woburn Abbey”. Open to the public between 23 March and 28 October 2018,…

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      Pro Landscaper Business Award winners announced

      After a sensational afternoon of jubilant festivities, the first Pro Landscaper Business Awards have come to a close. The standard of entrants was incredibly high, and after some tough decision-making from the judges, the winners have been announced. Pro Landscaper Business Awards winners: Industry Partnership – Sponsored by FutureScape Winner: Gristwood and Toms, in partnership with Bristol City Council Judges said that the arboricultural consulting firm are: “A fantastic example of industry partnership [that] goes beyond the normal boundaries.” Apprenticeship Scheme – Sponsored by Horticruitment Winner: Glendale The diverse, all-encompassing scheme was described by judges as having: “[An] ongoing commitment…

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    • tatton

      Call for entries for new Future Spaces category at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018

      The prestigious RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018 kicks off on Wednesday 18 July, and this year, a brand-new category is being introduced – Future Spaces. This calls people from across the landscaping sector to push boundaries and make use of innovative concepts to design a futuristic outdoor space. There is still time to enter and receive industry recognition for being a part of the renowned flower show and have the opportunity to showcase extraordinary talent and artistic flair. Once entries for applications close in late March to early April, three gardens will be selected to receive a grant of…

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    • RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2018 highlights announced

      From 6-10 June, the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) newest Show, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show partnered by Wedgwood will return to the magnificent 1,000 acre Chatsworth Estate with exciting new content including a river of 12,000 Cosmos and over 100 varieties of orchid, to satisfy inquisitive minds and fulfil the senses. During Joseph Paxton’s time as head gardener the Chatsworth Estate boasted one of the most extensive orchid collections in the UK, and at this year’s show Celebrity Floral Designer Jonathan Moseley will join forces with Double H Nurseries to bring one of the UK’s largest orchid displays back to the…

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    • landscaper

      Shortlists announced for the Pro Landscaper Business Awards

      The shortlists have been announced for the highly anticipated Pro Landscaper Business Awards, celebrating the great accomplishments of businesses in the landscaping industry. The ceremony will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 at the stunning East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf. The Pro Landscaper Team would like to thank all of the entrants and congratulate all of the shortlisted companies on their accomplishments. We look forward to seeing all of the shortlisted companies there and bringing the industry together for the ceremony. The short listed companies are as follows:   Landscape Company – Less £1m Turnover: Acre Landscapes Burnham Landscaping The…

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    • Agrigem opens new ‘Gem House’

      On Friday 10 February, Agrigem opened its doors for the official opening of ‘Gem House’. Guests attended a champagne reception before the unveiling and a grand tour of Agrigem’s new 6000sqft office and warehouse headquarters. The building was opened by the chairman of the Amenity Forum, Professor John Moverley OBE. John was chosen for this role as he plays a key part within the amenity agrochemical and horticultural industry and after the continued support he has shown Agrigem over the years, he was the perfect candidate for the job. The Amenity Forum was formed in October 2003 as a key action…

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    • The Parks Trust responds to parks inquiry report

      The Parks Trust, the self-financing charity that manages and maintains over 5,000 acres of Milton Keynes’ green space, has released its response to the parks inquiry report, published by the Communities and Local Government Committee. As part of its inquiry, the Committee examined the impact of reduced local authority budgets on open spaces and considered concerns that the existence of public parks is under threat. Philip Bowsher, head of landscape strategy & development, commented: “We are pleased to see that the Communities and Local Government Committee recognise that parks matter for many social, cultural, environmental and economic reasons and that…

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    • New shoots for forest planting

      A new plan to streamline the tree planting process in Scotland will be a powerful catalyst for delivering the ambitious tree planting targets recently announced by the Scottish government in its draft climate change plan. The tree planting targets are to be raised on a stepped basis from the current 10,000ha a year to 15,000ha a year by 2025. The increase in planting will grow this crucial forest carbon sink, helping the fight against climate change, as well as creating economic growth and protecting jobs, mostly in rural areas. The delivery plan, announced today by rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing,…

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    • gardeners

      Design a Beautiful Border in the 50th anniversary year of Gardeners’ World

      2017 marks a special year for Gardeners’ World, 50 years of the much-loved TV programme. In honour of this celebratory milestone, BBC Gardeners’ World Live (15-18 June, NEC) will be hosting a variety of extra special features in the anniversary year including the topically themed Beautiful Borders – and this is the perfect place for fresh garden design talent to get involved. At just a few square meters, the Beautiful Borders are the ideal showcase for budding garden designers, horticultural students and gardening clubs show off their gardening skills, inspiration and creativity. With 90,000 visitors expected over four days in…

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      Green-tech sponsors the new FutureArc seminar area at FutureScape

      Green-tech will be exhibiting at Futurescape next week and is sponsoring the FutureArc seminar area, in association with the Landscape Institute. FutureArch is a new addition to the event this year. It is being held in association with the Landscape Institute and aims to shed light on the future of the architectural side of the landscaping industry, and consider how minor changes will be of benefit in the future. A series of focused seminars and topical industry discussions will be held throughout the day at FutureArch by a host of industry experts. Green-tech can be found on stands 17,18 and…

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    • FutureScape

      FutureScape 2016 Show Guide

      Welcome to our FutureScape 2016 show guide in association with CED Stone Group. Our 52-page supplement includes everything that you need to know about the event, held on 15 November at Sandown Park Racecourse, including our unique and comprehensive seminar programme with over 30 individual sessions from leading professionals. The seminars cover a variety of subjects, from presenting your designs to clients and tips on how to save money, to the future of arboriculture and architectural industries. Brand new to this year’s event is FutureArch, held in association with the Landscape Institute. This section aims to shed light on the…

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      Flower Council at FleurEx 2016: Recap

      Although FleurEx 2016 was aimed at florists, there is plenty that efig members can take from the show and particularly the trends which the Flower Council presented there. efig presented three of our four Style Trends for 2017, and we asked Ian Drummond, Gold Medal winner and Best in Show at RHS Chelsea Flower show last year, and of course known to efig in his role as Creative Director at Indoor Garden Design and as our Ambassador. Ian was there to interpret the Flower Council’s 2017 Style Trends by designing three bouquets for four of the trends. Each one represents…

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    • flood

      Flood and Coast conference and exhibition in March 2017 announced

      The Environment Agency with Trio Events will convene the second Flood and Coast conference and exhibition and are seeking all flood and coastal risk management professionals to attend what promises to be the largest gathering of thought leadership for flood defence and coastal erosion in the UK. Led again by the Environment Agency, the event will draw together key stakeholders from the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM) community, including local authorities, civil engineers, infrastructure owners, consultancies, utility companies, contractors, businesses, community groups, flood research consultants and universities from across the country. Clare Dinnis, Deputy Director, Flood and Coastal…

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    • Shanghai

      Shanghai garden wins AIPH prize at Tangshan Expo

      The garden designed, built and maintained by the Chinese city of Shanghai has won the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) prize for the best garden at the AIPH-approved Tangshan International Horticultural Exposition 2016 in China. The Prize was presented during the Closing Ceremony of this major Expo which has attracted over five million visitors over the last six months. Chairman of the International Honorary Jury and Secretary General of AIPH, Tim Briercliffe, commented on the winning garden saying: “The Shanghai Garden stood out from all the 30 gardens at the Expo. Its brilliant design provided different perspectives at different…

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    • futurescape


      FutureScape, the UK’s number one landscaping industry event, is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Tuesday 15 November, at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey. FutureScape is an event which brings the whole landscaping industry together for a one-day event and offers an unrivalled seminar programme with lively talks and debates. The event has grown year on year, and 2016 promises to be bigger than ever before. This year, 200 brands from all aspects of the industry are exhibiting at FutureScape 2016, some of which will be offering exclusive equipment demonstrations so that you can see a range of industry leading products…

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